Street Dance Grade 6

Grade 6 candidates are required to perform at an advanced level. Candidates will have the ability to sustain their technique, performance and focus throughout the examination. Candidates will exhibit a greater proficiency and fluency, including a strong ability to combine a sense of character or theme appropriate to the exercise or piece. There should be evidence of thorough preparation resulting in a secure performance piece.

Estimated Exam Duration: 35 Minutes

Assessment at: Grade 6

  • Technical skills
  • Style, form and technique
  • Performance and character
  • Group and communication skills
  • Personal style and interpretation
  • Creative thinking

Technical Skills

The Technical Skills assessment will take the form of a pre-choreographed solo. Each candidate must perform for 24 bars of music. The examiner will choose two of four styles (House, Locking, Popping or Breaking). The technical moves should be embedded into a combination, transitioning from one move to the next. The examiner will select one musical track for the candidate to perform to. The teacher should prepare three pieces of music for the examiner to select from – all tracks must be appropriate for any and all styles and be the same selection of music for each candidate in the examination. Each piece of music should be contrasting in style and tempo and labelled into tracks A, B and C.

Please Note: the Technical Skills video should be used as an aid to the examination only. Candidates are encouraged to interpret the technical moves in their own creative way. Any steps that are a variation should be artistically choreographed and enhanced to be challenging, building on the basic fundamentals of the technical move. The examiner will select two styles and the candidate will choose eight technical moves across the two styles to demonstrate. A video demonstrating all the technical moves can be viewed here.

LockingHouseBreakingPopping
Kick in to Jazz Split The Train Top Rock – Marsh Step
into Indian
Back Slide
Whichaway (Variation)Dolphin Dive Footwork – Zulu Spin into CC Arm Wave
Stomp to Roach Loose Leg Freezes – Shoulder FreezeNeck-O-Flex
Knee Drop Drops Floor Spin Power Move – SwipesEgyptian Twist
Camel Walk Pas de Bourrée to Criss Cross
or Loose Leg
Power Move – Hand Jacks Boog Style (Old Man Leg Rolls)

Freestyle

The Freestyle assessment for Level 3 candidates is now conducted as a battle through a solo performance. This allows the candidate to dance freely, choosing any moves or genre to perform. Candidates will be divided into pairs and given an unknown piece of music (provided by the examiner and played by the music operator in the exam). Each candidate will have the opportunity to Freestyle twice against their opponent. Candidates will enter the dance space and perform for approximately sixteen bars of music. Once a candidate has finished their Freestyle, they will leave the space and the second candidate will enter at the next appropriate place in the musical form. During the Freestyle, candidates have the opportunity to utilise their skills, knowledge and technical ability in order to create a solo routine. Candidates are encouraged to interpret the given music and express their sense of individuality, whilst exhibiting style and technique at the required level.

The Performance

The Performance

Grade 6 candidates will prepare two contrasting group performances; each performance should last approximately three minutes. The content, including style and theme, is of free choice and teachers can include any genre, style and tempo for the performance. The performance piece should give each student an equal opportunity to exhibit their dance skills at the appropriate level. Level 3 candidates are now expected to have a featured role at some point during the performance.

Guide to Choosing Music for The Performance

The selection of music is the teacher’s choice and should allow the candidates the best opportunity to respond to phrasing, dynamics and atmosphere. The style and the mood of the music should allow for as much expression as possible, creating a performance that fulfils requirements for technique, musicality and communication.

Grading Criteria

LEARNING OUTCOME 1 (Technical Skills)
The learner will perform complex movement sequences showing an understanding and secure use of technique in Street Dance

UnclassifiedPassMeritDistinction
Insecure evidence of technical
accuracy at an advanced level.
An inability to demonstrate the
following:
- Coordination
- Control
- Dynamic values
- Line
- Projection
- Fluency
- Style
Evidence of technical accuracy
at an advanced level. To include
the following some of the time:
- Coordination
- Control
- Dynamic values
- Line
- Projection
- Fluency
- Style
Evidence of technical accuracy
at an advanced level. To include
the following for the majority of
the time:
- Coordination
- Control
- Dynamic values
- Line
- Projection
- Fluency
- Style
Evidence of technical accuracy
at an advanced level.
To include the following
throughout:
- Coordination
- Control
- Dynamic values
- Line
- Projection
- Fluency
- Style

LEARNING OUTCOME 2 (Technical Skills)
The learner will be able to perform movement sequences demonstrating musicality in Street Dance

UnclassifiedPassMeritDistinction
Insecure evidence of musicality
at an advanced level.
An inability to demonstrate the
following:
- Timing
- Musical Response
Evidence of musicality at an
advanced level. To include the
following some of the time:
- Timing
-Musical Response
Evidence of musicality at an
advanced level. To include the
following for the majority of the
time:
- Timing
- Musical Response
Evidence of musicality at an
advanced level. To include
the following throughout:
- Timing
- Musical Response

LEARNING OUTCOME 3 (The Performance)
The learner will be able to show a sense of performance in Street Dance

UnclassifiedPassMeritDistinction
Insecure evidence of a Street
Dance performance at an
advanced level. An inability to
demonstrate awareness of the
following:
- Expression
- Communication
- Technique
- Projection
- Interpretation
- Atmosphere
- Style
Evidence of a Street Dance
performance at an advanced
level. To include the following
some of the time:
- Expression
- Communication
- Technique
- Projection
- Interpretation
- Atmosphere
- Style
Evidence of a Street Dance
performance at an advanced
level. To include the following for
the majority of the time:
- Expression
- Communication
- Technique
- Projection
- Interpretation
- Atmosphere
- Style
Evidence of a Street Dance
performance at an advanced
level. To include the following
throughout:
- Expression
- Communication
- Technique
- Projection
- Interpretation
- Atmosphere
- Style

Assessment Criteria

Learning Outcome — The learner will:Assessment Criteria — The learner can:
1Be able to perform movement sequences showing an awareness of technique in Street Dance 1.1Demonstrate a clear knowledge and understanding of Street
Dance vocabulary
1.2Demonstrate secure technical skills at an intermediate level
2Be able to perform movement sequences demonstrating
musicality in Street Dance
2.1Demonstrate an understanding of a range of rhythmical
sounds, accents and timings
2.2Demonstrate an understanding of musical interpretation through:
a) Phrasing
b) Dynamics
c) Atmosphere
3Be able to show a sense of performance in Street Dance 3.1Demonstrate the use of expression and performance skills
appropriately at an intermediate level
3.2Communicate appropriately with the audience

Additional Information

Aims and Broad Objectives

The aim of the Street Dance qualification is to provide a flexible, progressive mastery approach to the knowledge, skills and understanding required for Street Dance. The purpose of RSL’s graded qualifications is to motivate and encourage candidates of all ages and levels through a system of progressive mastery to develop and enhance skills, knowledge and understanding in a safe and consistent way. The qualifications are beneficial for learners wishing to progress at their own pace through smaller steps of achievement. These qualifications are suitable for learners in the Under 16, 16+, 16-18, 19+ age groups.

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for these qualifications. However, learners should be aware that the content at the higher grades will require a level of knowledge and understanding covered in previous qualifications.

Progression

Graded qualifications provide a flexible progression route for learners. They are a positive means of determining progress and enable learners to learn the necessary techniques to gain entry to FE and HE courses. Graded qualifications operate according to a well-established methodology of ‘progressive mastery’. They tend to be more rigorous than other types of exams and for that reason industry professional are confident that achievement at the highest level gained by candidates of graded qualifications will have the skills necessary to work in other areas of the business.

Qualification Structure

A graded qualification consists of a range of both practical and knowledge-based tasks which are based on detailed requirements outlined in the relevant syllabus.
Therefore, requirements for each grade will be set out in detail in the Unit Specifications and the Learning Outcomes and Assessment Criteria for each unit will require knowledge, skills and understanding of these syllabus requirements to be demonstrated at the grade entered

Assessment Methodology

The graded examinations in Street Dance are assessed using two distinct components:

  •  Technical Skills
  • The Performance

Expectations of Knowledge, Skills and Understanding

The graded examination system is one based on the principle of ‘progressive mastery’; each step in the exam chain demonstrates learning, progression and skills in incremental steps. Successful learning is characterised by a mastery of the fundamental skills demanded in each grade. Learners will be able to complete a set of practical tasks and be tested on their underpinning knowledge (the complexity and variety of tasks are determined by which qualification is being attempted), which allow them to demonstrate Street Dance knowledge, skills and understanding relevant to the grade. These technical skills set a firm platform for further technical and creative development by the learner.

Quality Assurance

All RSL examinations and graded qualifications are standardised according to the processes and procedures laid down by RSL.

Uniform for PAA Examination

A uniform for the examination is not prescribed but should be appropriate to the style and genre. Candidates must present themselves appropriately for an examination and adhere to
health and safety regulations. Teachers must ensure the following:

  •  Hair is neatly tied back.
  • Dancewear is appropriate and allows examiners to see the body, line and form clearly.
  •  The choice of dance shoes or bare feet is appropriate to the style.
  • All jewellery is removed.
  •  Any costume or props used during the performance are carefully considered.

Examination Levels

PAA Street Dance examinations are offered at three levels:

  •  LEVEL 1: Grades 1–3
  • LEVEL 2: Grades 4–5
  •  LEVEL 3: Grades 6–8

The Value of RSL Qualifications

RSL advocates an open-access approach to qualifications, providing a range of syllabi, designed to accommodate a wide variety of candidates of different ages, experience and levels of achievement. RSL is listed on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) in England and Northern Ireland by the Office of Qualifications and Examination Regulation (Ofqual). RSL Awards are committed to maintaining and improving its reputation for excellence by providing high-quality education and training through its syllabi, examinations and resources.

RSL and UCAS

For students applying for work or university, many potential employers see Graded Performance Exams in a very positive way. Recognised qualifications demonstrate an ability to dedicate commitment to extra-curricular activities, providing evidence of versatility which many students find beneficial within UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) applications and for university entrance interviews. Our qualifications carry allocated points on the UCAS tariff. For full details relating to the allocation of points for our qualifications, please see: www.rslawards.com/about-us/ucas-points

Supporting Audio and Video 

In addition to the syllabus specification, we have also provided supporting video to give teachers and candidates additional help and guidance when studying for a PAA exam.

Supporting Video

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Download the PAA Syllabus

Download the full PAA Street Dance Syllabus here:

Street Dance Syllabus Specification

Dates & Fees

Next exam period:

26 February 18 - 30 March 18

Entry Deadline

All applications must be recieved at least 6 weeks prior to the exam date

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Exam Fee

£50.00

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